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FAQ: How long are IELTS results valid?

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FAQ: How long are IELTS results valid?

IELTS is an exam in English that determines the level of language proficiency. From year to year it is passed by many people around the world. Basically, the exam is taken for admission to universities abroad, work in the international market or in another country, emigration.

The certificate is an official confirmation of English proficiency. It is accepted in: 


You will need to pass IELTS if you:

  • Enter a university abroad
  • Get a job abroad
  • Planning to emigrate
  • Want to determine the level of English proficiency
  • Set a new goal in learning English.

The test can not fail, gaining 0 points - you can get 1-9 points for the work. According to statistics, for admission to a foreign university you will need 6-7 points. The exam is conducted in such a way as to assess the language proficiency in all aspects. During the exam, 4 basic language skills are tested: you will work on listening, reading, writing and speaking. Each skill is evaluated separately, and then the grades are added up, which gives the final result.

Proof of language proficiency is valid only for 2 years. After this time has passed, you will need to take the test again. However, sometimes educational institutions determine their own validity period of the certificate. For example, some universities in Australia require a certificate that is no more than 6 months old.

Despite the fact that the validity period is small, it is the confirmation of knowledge of the language that is one of the most important criteria for admission to a foreign university or employment.  The price for the exam is $ 150-200, and the certificate itself is issued 2 weeks after writing the exam.

Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Kuban State University, Russia (World Economics); Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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